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About the Exhibit

Featuring the work of Seattle photographer and author Paul Bannick, The Owl and the Woodpecker introduces museum visitors to the most important species of owls and woodpeckers in North America, illustrating how they define and enrich the specific habitats on which they depend, and highlighting the critical importance of conservation.

On Display

A Traveling Exhibit

Once the exhibit closes in Seattle, it tours to other museums around the state and nationwide. Interested in bringing The Owl and the Woodpecker to your community? Click here for more information about booking this traveling exhibit.


The Owl and the Woodpecker was developed by the Burke Museum with Paul Bannick and Braided River, a partner of The Mountaineers Books.




Tom and Sonya Campion
Donors to the Burke Museum Annual Fund
Educational Legacy Fund
Hugh and Jane Ferguson Foundation
Kongsgaard-Goldman Foundation
The Mountaineers Foundation, Carl Skoog Memorial Fund
Norcliffe Foundation
City of Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs

Pileated Woodpecker. Photo by Paul Bannick.
After feeding her young, a Pileated Woodpecker flies from her cavity.
Photo by Paul Bannick

Northern Pygmy-Owl. Photo by Paul Bannick
A female Northern Pygmy-Owl pops up from the depths of her cavity to trade calls with her mate outside.
Photo by Paul Bannick